Chicken in lettuce cups

November 17, 2008 12:00:00 AM PST
There is a huge misconception that Chinese food is very unhealthy and hard to prepare. Exec. Chef Shan-Shan Chen of Bamboo Garden in Brisbane reveals her recipe for Chicken in Lettuce Cups which is one of the most popular dishes at the restaurant. It is very healthy, fun, quick and very simple to prepare. It is a great dish for one, the whole family or an appetizer for a dinner party.

Recipe: Chicken in Lettuce Cups
Serves 4-6

  • 1-2 Dried Shitake Mushroom (Asian Food Aisle)
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Carrots
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Celery
  • 1/4 Cup Bamboo Shoots (Canned)
  • 1/4 Cup Water Chestnut (Canned)
  • 1/8 Cup Sliced White Onions
  • 1/4 Cup Diced Zucchini
  • 1-2 Boneless Chicken Breasts
  • 1 Head of Lettuce (Iceberg, Butter or Romaine)
  • 3 Tbs. Cooking Oil or Sesame Oil
  • Soy Sauce (To taste)
  • White Pepper (To taste)
  • Plum Sauce (Asian Food Aisle)

1. Place chicken in boiling water till fully cooked. Tip: Much easier to dice chicken into small pieces when cooked.

2. Place 1-2 dried mushrooms into a bowl of hot water and let it sit for a few minutes, until soft.

3. Wash then finely dice bamboo shoots, water chestnuts, zucchini, onions, carrots, mushrooms and celery. (To save time, put ingredients in a food chopper, kids really like this part)

4. Take the cooked chicken and finely chop.

5. In a heated wok, pour in the oil and add the finely diced vegetable and stir for a 2-3 minutes. Then add the minced chicken.

6. Add the soy sauce and white pepper to taste.

Prepare the lettuce wraps:
7. Take the head of lettuce and cut off the bottom. Rinse then peel back the lettuce leaves one at a time. Take a pair of scissors and cut around the end of the lettuce leaf to form a round cup.

8. Pour some plum sauce in a bowl.

9. To assemble, spread some plum sauce on a lettuce cup. Fill leaf with the chicken mixture and serve!

Optional:

Vegetarian: Omit chicken and substitute eggplant, string beans or colorful bell peppers

Seafood: Omit chicken and substitute with shrimp, crab, or scallops

Chef Shan-Shan started a blog since her friends were requesting recipes all the time. Read her blog at cookingwithshan.blogspot.com.

Bamboo Garden Restaurant
301 Visitacion Avenue
Brisbane, CA 94005
415-467-5370
The restaurant also caters and hosts parties.
www.bamboogardenbrisbane.com

Bamboo Garden was opened 6 years ago by Shan-Shan Chen. Her family has owned and operated many Chinese Restaurants in the bay area for the past 30 years. As a working mother of two, it is very important for Shan-Shan to pass down her families Chinese traditions and recipes to her children as well as incorporate the American culture into the food that they prepare and serve.

Shan-Shan is currently working on a series of "Come Cooking with Mei-Mei" Children's story books that incorporates Chinese cooking along with telling a story about a Chinese tradition with a modern twist.


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